White House denounces North Korea missile tests
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is denouncing North Korea's latest missile tests and warning of "very dire consequences" in response.
The White House says President Donald Trump spoke Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-Ahn to discuss the launch and emphasized the United States' "ironclad commitment" to its allies "in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea."
The White House says the president emphasized steps his administration is taking to "enhance our ability to deter and defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles using the full range of United States military capabilities."
The three leaders agreed to continue to work together to show "there are very dire consequences" for North Korea's "provocative and threatening actions."
North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles.
Photo: A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017. North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. The letters on the top read " North Korea, Fire missile." The letters on the top read " North Korea, Fire missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)